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portrait of David Horner

David A. Horner

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • D.Phil., Oxford University
  • M.Phil., Oxford University
  • M.A., Denver Seminary
  • B.A., Colorado State University

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Dr. Horner has taught at the University of Oxford, Denver Seminary, and served as a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Colorado. He has lectured in numerous classrooms and university forums nationally and in Europe, and he has written numerous articles and book chapters on ethics, apologetics, and ancient and medieval philosophy. Dr. Horner serves as Research Scholar for Centers for Christian Study, International, an effort to develop intellectual Christian communities within secular university contexts. He also serves as Executive Director of The Illuminatio Project, whose aim is to bring the light of a classical biblical vision of goodness, truth, and beauty into the thinking of the church and culture through strategic research and communication.


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Society of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

Awards and Honors

  • Research award, Faculty Research and Development Committee, Biola University, for Seventh Semester reaseach leave, Spring 2004
  • Who's Who in the World (22nd edition), Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2003-2004; 2004-2005
  • Recognition for teaching excellence, Provost of Biola University, 2002
  • Outstanding Young Men in America, 1981, 1986, 1997
  • Overseas Research Scholarship Award, Oxford University, 1991-1994
  • Denyer and Johnson Studentship (partial), Theology Faculty, Oxford University, 1993
  • Robert G. Kay Scholastic Award (graduated first in class, M.A.), Denver Seminary, 1987
  • Graduated with Honors, Denver Seminary, 1987
  • Recipient, Baker Book House Award for Outstanding Graduate in Theology, Denver Seminary, 1987
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado State University, 1978
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Colorado State University, 1978
  • Graduated with Distinction, Colorado State University, 1978
  • Colorado Performing Arts Scholarship (Forensics), Colorado State University, 1976-1978
  • VFW Scholarship, Colorado State University, 1974



  • Mind Your Faith: A Student's Guide for Thinking and Living Well.” InterVarsity Academic. Release date: August 19, 2011
  • Homosexuality, Abortion, and Religious Pluralism: Three Crucial Issues.” With Ed. L. Miller. Under review.
  • The Seeds of Virtue : Law, Virtue, and Practical Reason in Aquinas's Ethics”. In progress.
  • UniverSanity: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind, Your Faith, or Your Character”. Under contract with IVP Academic.


  • Seminalia Virtutum: Aquinas on Natural Law and Virtue.” In progress.
  • The Problem with Happiness: C. S. Lewis, Selfishness, and Christian Eudaimonism.” In progress.
  • Cardinal Virtues. Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by G.T. Kurian (Oxford: Blackwell), forthcoming (2009).
  • Values, Christian.Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by G.T. Kurian (Oxford: Blackwell), forthcoming (2009).
  • Whether Augustine's Name Should Be Pronounced AW-gus-teen or aw-GUS-tin?Philosophia Christi 11 (June, 2009): 249-251.
  • Aut Deus Aut Malus Homo: A Defense of C. S. Lewis's 'Shocking Alternative.'” Book chapter, C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty edited by David J. Baggett, Gary R. Habermas, and Jerry L. Walls (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 68-84.
  • Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?Apologetics Study Bible (Broadman and Holman Publishers). Gen. ed. Ted Cabal (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2007): 814.
  • Noted Christian Apologist: Thomas Aquinas .Apologetics Study Bible (Broadman and Holman Publishers), Gen. ed. Ted Cabal (Holman Bible Publishers, 2007): 957-958.
  • Is Aquinas an Act-Ethicist or an Agent-Ethicist?” The Thomist 70 (April, 2006): 1-30.
  • Worship as (No longer available.)
  • The Pursuit of Happiness: C. S. Lewis' Eudaimonistic Understanding of Ethics.” Oxbridge 2005.
  • Worship and Ethics.With All Your Mind, 8, Spring 2003. Pp. 1-4.
  • Christian Ethics Bibliography,” Academic Integration Page, Leadership University.
  • What it Takes to be Great: Aristotle and Aquinas on Magnanimity.Faith and Philosophy, 15, 1998. Pp. 415-444.
  • Are All Religions Created Equal?Worldwide Challenge, November/December 1991.
  • The Blind Men and the Elephant.Worldwide Challenge, November/December 1991, Republished as “Do All Religions Lead to the Same God?
  • Getting Clear About Tolerance.Worldwide Challenge, November/December 1991.

Articles and Chapters

  • The Virtue of Zeal.” With David R. Turner. Chapter in prospective book project on Christian virtue ethics, forthcoming.
  • Cardinal Virtues.” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by G.T. Kurian (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010), anticipated release: September, 2010.
  • Values, Christian.” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by G.T. Kurian (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010), anticipated release: September, 2010.
  • C. S. Lewis is a Eudaimonist: Response to Goetz, Invited response to Stewart Goetz,” "C. S. Lewis on Pleasure and Happiness," Christian Scholar's Review XL:3 (Spring, 2011), 303-310.
  • Jsou si vÅ¡echna náboženství rovna, Czech translation of "Are All Religions Created Equal?," "The Blind Men and the Elephant," and "Getting Clear About Tolerance" (2010).” Originally published in Worldwide Challenge, November/December, 1991.

Papers and Presentations

  • The Virtue of Zeal”, with David R. Turner, Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Meetings, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon (March 4, 2011)
  • Aristotle and the End of Education”, Keynote Address, Humanities Day, Ridgeview Classical Schools, Fort Collins, CO (January 22, 2011)
  • Virtue and Holiness”, College group, Calvary Church, Santa Ana, CA (March 20, 2011)
  • O God, Our Help: An Exposition of Psalm 90”, Joint Heirs Class, First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA (June 6, 2010)
  • Ideas Have Consequences”, Biola University President's Circle Fundraising Dinner, Fullerton, CA (May 23, 2010)
  • 'Twas Grace that Taught my Heart to Fear”, Joint Heirs class, First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA (April 11, 18, 25, 2010)
  • Lessons from Le Chambon”, Evening on Mars Hill lecture, North Hills Church, Carlsbad, CA (January 15, 2010)
  • "A Biblical Vision of Worship," "The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Worship," "Too Good Not to be True: A Case for Moral Apologetics," Two plenary sessions and one seminar”, Venture 2010, Portland Oregon (December 30, 2009)

Media Appearances

  • 3/18/10 Featured as subject of Biola Chimes article, "Old Books and Strong Faith,"”
  • 2/26/10 Interviewed in Biola Chimes web article on Lent,”

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Medieval philosophy
  • Theology of worship